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Vincent Lambert is disabled following an accident; he is in a "pauci-relational" state: not in a coma, not plugged in, not sick, but in a very severe state of disability, deprived of communication. He is not a vegetable. It is not end-of-life; people can live for many years in this state. It's due to severe brain damage.
The doctors at the Rheims hospital do not know how to treat him. Under pressure from some of his relatives, they decided to put him to death, claiming that he was at the end of his life. And they have already stopped him from receiving the necessary care (physiotherapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist...)
Vincent's parents and another part of his family have found another hospital more capable of treating Vincent, but the Rheims hospital keeps him prisoner and refuses to release him.
After many hesitations, the French judicial institutions finally decided to continue his detention in Rheims and to sentence Vincent to death, by depriving him of food and water, while Vincent is innocent.
It is a disregard for the right to life of an innocent person. It is also a disregard for international law, because on two occasions already, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has asked France, as "provisional or protective measures", to maintain Mr Vincent Lambert's food and hydration, at least during the time his case is being examined by this Committee. France has freely ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its "Optional Protocol". The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was mandated by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to monitor States' compliance with the Convention, and was empowered to receive "individual complaints" -- such as that filed by the Lambert parents -- and to request respect for appropriate provisional or protective measures. The French government is therefore required to respect France's ratification.
The French authorities to whom the family appealed claimed that the law was respected and washed their hands like Pontius Pilate. The mainstream media lied about the " discontinuation of treatments " when it is about starving and thirsting Vincent to death.
There are obviously interests at stake: for those who want Vincent's death, the interest in seeing a burden and duties disappear; for politicians, the interest in promoting the extermination of the disabled and the elderly, which would result in significant budgets for them, in the same eugenicist perspective as the Nazis in their time; for the media, the interest in covering the politicians with their lies; for doctors, the interest in hiding their failures and their shortcomings and in maintaining abusive power over the patients.
The biblical law applicable to this case is as follows:
"Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen." (Deuteronomy 27:25)
And we also say Amen! May true Justice be applied! The survival of disabled people in France is at stake.
Good news this morning: yesterday evening, the Paris Court of Appeal ordered the restarting of Vincent's feeding and hydration until the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities delivers its conclusions.